Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Good, Better, Best: A Patio Makeover

It's been a while since I made a "Good, Better, Best" design board so I thought I'd bring you one today.  Just a reminder: It's a room design that I create virtually and you implement. I'll separate the design in tiers. The ideas in the  'Good' level are small, easy updates you can make, thrift or buy, that your budget will barely even notice. The 'Better' category can be layered on top of that at any time and will add some more polish to the space.  The 'Best' category works the same way: another layer of goodness that you can add to your design now or over time. NONE of the rooms in my house were done at once. A good design and room that makes you happy, takes time to gather and evolve. There's no rush!

I was asked to make this design board by one of my besties for her new houses' cool courtyard patio.  Now, usually patio updates are done in the spring or summer but here in Texas it's way too hot to sit on a patio right now so you buy decor as it goes on clearance and give yourself a beautiful patio to enjoy the fall weather when it finally gets here (in late November.....)

Here is the space as it is now:

They moved into this house not even a year ago and there have been more important things to do PLUS the aforementioned blazing Texas heat.

That's the front door on the far left, the shadow on the wall is a balcony looking facade that frames an upstairs window.

 You enter from the front yard through this gate and the front door is almost directly across.

Its an awesome space. It just needs some love. So let me show you what I'm thinking.

Good
First things first, a new front door color! Its such an easy update for once the weather cools down when you can leave the door open for the day.  Kelsey and I have already talked front door colors so I know she'll love this. Dark Harbor by Benjamin Moore. AND she wants to paint the inside of the door too. DO IT. I love the pop of color it brings into your house. And it's so happy!


Benjamin Moore Dark Harbor:
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Another easy thing is the arrangement of the furniture. I'd keep the bakers rack out there and just move it to a smaller wall so that its more in scale. The wall next to the gate is where I might try it. You could even spray paint it a fun color or give it a fresh coat of black. It could be staged with potted plants and metal decor and could even be a serving space for get-togethers on the patio. I can't tell by the picture but if the shelves are metal slats, you could buy a few cute plastic placemats to give yourself a sturdier table top.

The little table that's against the window would look nice placed under the porch light, next to the front door.  It could display a few potted plants, a lantern or wreath or even seasonal decor like a cute little pumpkin for fall. I like this idea also because the front door is a little off center from the view through the gate, so this gives a little view of charm from out in the yard.
Colorful front porch ideas and tips, lots of pretty decor ideas by layering textures and patterns. 
I love this 'Hello' cut out too. It's one of my favorite things to have elements of fun in a space. Something that tells people you don't take yourself too seriously.

Plants! I love potted plants and in Texas my theory is 'bigger is better' not just because in Texas bigger is better but because it gets so hot, that plants in small pots can get fried REALLY quickly. We buy these awesome planters from Walmart. They come is lots of sizes and a few more colors.

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They look ceramic but they are that light, molded plastic making them much easier to move around or move in for the winter. We just drill some holes in the bottom for drainage and plant them. Read this article below for making pretty potted plant arrangements.

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Another tip: when you display your potted plants, put them in groups of 3 and try to display them at different heights for more interest. Like I said, we move ours in to the garage in the winter because they survive and because it cuts down on plants you'll have to buy the next spring.
Kelsey said the rug is in ok shape, just faded so she could try painting it to give it new life. Here's a cute rug makeover and the tutorial that would help!

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Better
Or, if you do decide you're ready for an update, that brings me to the 'Better' segment of this makeover.

This is a great looking outdoor rug that would give you a good neutral backdrop for the pops of color coming later. Bigger is most always better when buying area rugs. The more space you fill and the more furniture that is grounded on the rug, makes a space look more cohesive. When you start rearranging, move the rug out into the center of the space.
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Kelsey already has great patio furniture on the back porch and wants to make the front porch more of a dining area so she's been scouring Craigslist for a round metal table and 4 matching chairs to spray paint.  These tables are pretty easy to find but the price, location for pick up make it a little more tricky. I found this one with a quick search of Dallas postings. 


I even thought it might be fun to give it a bright makeover with this pop of yellow.

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This is also a simple, cheap addition but some string lights would really help finish the space and make the patio a great, relaxing place to be on a nice night.

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Best
They will have some blank walls to fill and I found some cute ways to fill the spaces and create more interest. Just because you're outside, doesn't mean you can't decorate the walls.
This chalkboard art is made from plywood and 1x4's. It would look great on the wall under the little balcony and beside the door. I would make it pretty large so that it doesn't get lost on the wall. The size of the one in the picture is good or don't be afraid to go a bit bigger.

Another great idea for filling wall space is to install slatted shutters or ahem, you can have our old closet doors for the same effect. I would mount them on the wall to the right of the windows.

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To really pull the space together, I think it would be nice to bring in some fabric. Some throw pillows on the chairs would make for an inviting place to sit.  I saw this fabric and thought it would be awesome with the turquoise door. I see this banana leaf pattern in a lot of spaces lately. Love it!

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I thought this geometric print would work well with the rug and give you a little more contrast.
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 Here's a third that will pull the colors from the door and greenery together.
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Put it all together and here's a general idea of the look you'll get:
Pretty cute, huh?
The inside of their house is very neutral but I always think it's fun to do something unexpected outside. It can still look grown up and polished even with a more bold palate. I can't wait to see what you do with this, Kelsey! Also, when it's done and cooler, lets sit out there with some wine ok? Thanks.

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Also, if you are stuck in a decor rut and need some ideas for a specific space at your house, contact me! I'm open for business and for a fee, I'll give you all the resources you need to get started and finish with a room you'll love. If you're local and want a face to face consult, I can do that too!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hawaii and a Free Printable

Sorry for the break in DIY's and house updates but a year ago yesterday, we left for a 4 month adventure living in Honolulu, Hawaii and I thought I'd take a stroll down memory lane. If you don't know us personally, I guess you can quit reading now but I promise it's not only pictures of my adorable girls...

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My hubby got asked by his work to travel there for a project for 2 weeks at a time, every other 2 weeks for 6 months. That was going to be way too much travel for our family so he told them thanks, but no thanks unless they wanted us all to go.  With the cost of airfare and lodging, and the chance to get the project done quicker, they took us up on his offer and we rented out our house, packed our bags and headed west. Really far west.  I don't know if you know this, but Hawaii is really far away. Small islands...8 hour flight. 6 hour time difference. Monday Night Football is really Monday Mid-afternoon Football. (Not the same ring to it)

I shared lots of pictures on my personal Instagram (it really helped me to not feel so far away from home) but I wanted to relive some stories and share some pictures here. I'll have some cheap way to spruce up your house, again next week. Promise.

 Hawaii | House Homemade 

I can't believe a whole year has passed since this picture was taken. This was our first morning. We woke up at like 4 am because of the time difference and by 8 we were headed on our first of many walks to the nearest beach.

My mom came with us to help us get settled in because as soon as the weekend was over, hubs was off to work and I had to set up our apartment and kitchen and life and navigate a new city with streets that almost all contain the letter "k". It was a huge blessing to have her there.


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My mom, who has never met a stranger, met a mom on the beach with girls close in age to mine and we ended up having lots of play dates and even trading days with all the kids for a little peace and quiet too. Erica and her family were a lifesaver and blessing to us. Thanks mom, thanks Erica! 

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 Their first experience with Shave Ice. YUM.

Hawaii | House Homemade
 The colors in the water always amazed me.

Hawaii | House Homemade
 This was at the top of the Makapu'u lighthouse trail. We did it a couple times. It had beautiful scenery but the trail to see the actual lighthouse was closed. Oh well, this will do:

Hawaii | House Homemade


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Every weekend we took trips to different beaches and to see different sights. This beach was Waimanalo beach and was easily one of the most beautiful places we've ever seen.  Behind this picture were tall, green, lush mountains. Amazing.

Hawaii | House Homemade
 The huge trees blew my mind.

Hawaii | House Homemade
This picture was taken a week after a windy day, when hubs opened the windows and unbeknownst to us, 2 baskets of tiny girl panties flew out of our 25th floor window and showered the lawns below. We slowly found almost all of the unmentionables AND the $2 basket they flew out in. Sweet victory! PS the apartment pool saved this stay at home mommas' life.


Hawaii | House Homemade
My wonderful in-laws came to visit which was one of the highlights of our stay. Ahhhh, a piece of home.
 
Hawaii | House Homemade
We flew to the Big Island and stayed in a small town called Volcano in a cute little cabin in the woods that we found on Air B&B. It was cooler because of the higher elevation and so much more homey. We didn't want to leave. Plus, volcanoes and SEA TURTLES.

Hawaii | House Homemade


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See! Cooler temps. I was wearing a cardigan. If you know me, the Fall is my favorite time of year so after months of heat, this filled my soul with happiness. And hydrangeas are my favorite flower so, I was in Heaven.

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Black sand beach created from lava rock. On the big island, there's also a green sand beach but we heard it wasn't kid friendly (and even tourist friendly for that matter) so we didn't go.

Hawaii | House Homemade
 I spy 7 sea turtles. They just hang out there. It's amazing. We were only about 5 feet from them.

Hawaii | House Homemade
I have about  784 'staring into the ocean' pictures of a combination of my three people. These pictures are my favorite. Hawaii really was a trip that constantly reminded me how small we are and how BIG God is. Not just the incredible sights but being so far away from home reminded me of this. Worshiping at a different church, hearing prayers in Japanese, not having our usual support system...There were so many times that I was reminded how small we are and I was so thankful for that reminder.

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That's Nickerbean 1 acting scared about the volcano in the background. We missed actually seeing a lava fountain coming out. It had been visible a couple months before. We went back and saw it and night. It was glowing a red, orange light. Amazing. We kept trying to explain to the girls that people don't get to see this stuff in their whole life time, much less at 2 and 4 years old. Obviously, they didn't grasp that. I didn't expect them to.

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My parents also came and took us (without the working man) to the Disney Resort that's on Oahu. It was our first brush with Disney characters. The girls were nervous but did a pretty good job.

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 Hubs worked in Aloha Tower downtown. It was so pretty. Many moons ago, it was the tallest building in Hawaii. Tourist would come visit it and we would come visit him.


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 Both taken from the passenger seat or while stopped. DON'T WORRY.

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 This was one of the views from our apartment. We had floor to ceiling windows in every room and an amazing view from every direction. We could watch storms move across the island and at least one rainbow everyday.

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Hawaii | House Homemade
We visited the beach below Diamond Head a few times. It was rough and beautiful and had lots of sea glass.

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 When in Hawaii.......do as the tourists do.

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We were there for Halloween and trick or treated with some sweet friends we met. The girls were rainbow ballerinas. Beautiful rainbow ballerinas. PS I will make their costume for as long as I possibly can because it's way more fun for me that way. : )

There were some tough parts and sad parts and ultimately, there's no place like home. But it was an amazing trip full of wonderful memories and lessons. We're so thankful for the experience and will always treasure it.

Ok, now to the part you might be more interested in. I made a free printable from one of the images I took on the trip. The verse that I included was one that I found again right when I needed it as a reminder to have joy in all circumstances. I know it sounds crazy to need that reminder in paradise but I did. 

These are made to be printed on a regular letter sized sheet of paper. You could frame it in an 8x10 frame or put it on the wall with cute washi tape. Also, please PIN and share. Hope you enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Freezer Paper Fabric Painting

Hope you all had a relaxing July 4th weekend. We spent time with family and pulled our church's parade float with #trucknamedHarold in our city's little parade on the square (which is the highlight of the Nickerbeans' summer).  I say that but this is a little throw back to 2 years ago when my sweet cherub was still in her threenager phase....that lasted like 2 years:



If looks could kill.....This picture cracks me up, especially since she's a delightful, almost kindergartner now.

Ok, so onto the DIY portion of this post. You may not have even noticed this update from our bathroom makeover but I painted triangles on the canvas baskets that hold the girl's towels and washcloths.


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I have painted plain shirts and dishtowels with this same process. I made a stencil out of freezer paper. This was actually a lesson I taught when was a middle school art teacher. My students would make graphic T's this way. So easy and makes for a cute design with crisp outlines.

For this project you need:

Freezer paper
Pencil
Scissors
Fabric paint (any acrylic paint will work but fabric paint is softer for wearable stuff)
An Iron

Freezer paper can be found in the foil/ saran wrap (my arch nemesis) section of Walmart. It might be in other stores but a long time ago, when I bought it, it took some time to hunt down. Here's what it looks like and you can buy in here too:

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Freezer paper is plastic coated on one side and paper on the other side. Cut a piece large enough for your design and draw your pattern on the paper side.


 I made a line down the center of my page and made a triangle out of card stock to trace down the center line.


Then I did the same thing for the second row.

The thing to remember with this process is that the negative space is what you care about and keep. The parts that will be painted are removed and trashed.  I put an x through the scraps just to remind myself what is getting thrown away.

After the triangles were cut out, I laid it plastic side down on the canvas tote and ironed it down.  The plastic temporarily sticks to the fabric and seals the edges for painting.


For this project I just used yellow acrylic craft paint. If I'm painting a shirt or something that comes into contact with skin, I use Tulip Soft Fabric Paint. It's less stiff. You can buy it at craft stores or even Walmart, I think. There's a link to it on Amazon if you're all about online easiness.

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The edges are sealed but always paint in toward the center and not outward because then you could shove paint under the stencil.
Also, make sure you put something underneath the fabric you're painting. Now we have yellow triangles at the end of our ironing board...

When it's done, you can carefully remove the stencil and wait for it to dry.
Freezer Paper Fabric Painting | House Homemade

I love the way they turned out. It was such a quick, easy update. (Extra credit if you noticed my foot in the picture above and yes, I do have a 5th toe, I promise.)

Freezer Paper Fabric Painting | House Homemade

I grabbed some images off of my Instagram account of other projects I've done using freezer paper and paint.

These are all projects from a couple years ago. I've done stuff since, just can't find pictures..

Freezer Paper Fabric Painting | House Homemade
Made these for my girlsies. (For something like this, I had to cut out the glasses shape and iron down the "lens" part separately get the crisp edge on the inside too.)

Freezer Paper Fabric Painting | House Homemade
In about 10 minutes at nap time on Halloween day, I made this Olaf shirt that I promised my big girl, "Elsa". Look at my little Nickerbean 2, back in the day. Those tufts, those baby bangs... my heart. PS her infatuation with candy and food in general is still strong.

Freezer Paper Fabric Painting | House Homemade 
I added some monogram goodness to a couple of tired looking kitchen towels to make them monogrammed, tired looking kitchen towels. : )

So there you go! Another nap time or girls night craft to try. If I left anything out, just ask! Happy painting.

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